Give Your Bedside Drawers An Ombre Update

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Use your favourite Resene timber stain and paint colours to easily refresh a dated bedside drawer unit.

These bedside drawers not only look good as new but are now completely on trend.

Top tip: Let your children help choose the Resene colours so that their clothes go in the drawers of their favourite colours. This helps children to quickly remember which drawer is for what.

You will need:

Step by step instructions

Give your bedside drawers an ombre update - step 1

Step 1 – Check for any repairs that are needed, then sand with sandpaper or an electric sander to remove any old stain if present. Apply Resene Quick Dry over the old colour, if required.

Sarah started by giving the drawer unit a good sand with an electric sander, but some elbow grease and sandpaper would have done the trick just fine too.

Give your bedside drawers an ombre update - step 3

Step 2 – Apply one coat of Resene Quick Dry waterborne primer undercoat to the front faces of the drawers using a testpot brush. Allow it to dry completely before moving on.

Give your bedside drawers an ombre update - step 3

Step 3 – Once the undercoat is dry, choose three colours for your drawers and apply two coats of each colour using a testpot brush. If you are painting a tallboy with more drawers, you could always select more shades to continue the ombre theme.

Give your bedside drawers an ombre update - step 4

Step 4 – Apply three coats of Resene Aquaclear Natural to the drawers and the frame, to protect the stain and paintwork. Sarah chose this product because she wanted a totally matte, almost invisible finish. But if you wanted to go for a glossier topcoat, you might prefer to use Resene Aquaclear urethane varnish in satin, semi-gloss or gloss.

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